A WIRRAL family has come together to host a charity fun day in memory of their cousin who lost his life to suicide.

Gina Hughes tragically lost her cousin Andrew Hamill, 33, to suicide in February this year after battling with his mental health for ten years.

However the family did not want Andrew's death to be in vain and were eager to help others who may have found themselves in a similar situation.

So after rallying round, Gina's family and friends decided to host a charity fun day on Sunday, July 21 at Poulton Vics to raise cash for local organisations Wirral Mind and The Martin Gallier Project.

Gina, from Noctorum, told the Globe: "In February after losing my cousin Andrew Hamill and struggling myself with post natal depression for the past two years I decided I wanted to do something to raise awareness on what help is available in our area if people have not got the help they need through doctors and the NHS for one reason or another.

"There will be guest speakers coming along on the day from local organisations such as The Martin Gallier Project, Wirral Mind and The Open Door Project who can help any one struggling with a mental illness or people who have been affected by suicide.

"There will be information for people to take away for themselves or if they know of any one in need.

"I feel that people do not know the extent of help that is available if they are struggling.

"My family and I are keen to help people who may have suicidal thoughts by raising awareness of these organisations, if it stops another family going through similar experience to our own.

"There have been so many local stories lately of similar situations that something really needs to be done to prevent more people from taking their own life."

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The charity fun day will have live music from Tequila, Neil Cooper and John Dooley plus plenty of entertainment for children such as a teddy tombola and bouncy castle.

There will be plenty of raffles on the day and local stalls selling handmade products.

Founder of the Martin Gallier Project, Jessica Gallier said: "We are incredibly grateful to Gina and all involved in arranging the Charity Fun Day.

"To see such a positive event raising both awareness and funds come out of such a tragic family bereavement is inspirational to us.

"As a small, non funded organisation we rely on fundraising events like this to continue the suicide prevention work we do across Merseyside.

"Each £50 raised at events like this allows us to train one family in crisis with Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training.

"Thank you to Gina for all of her hard work, thank you to all who have given their time and talents for free, and thank you to Santander for match funding moneys raised."

The event will take place at Poulton Vics, Wallasey on Sunday, July 21 from 1.30pm.

Tickets are £4 in advance or £5 on the day.